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How to Choose an Electrician
Whatever the size of your electrical job, hiring an electrician is always the best option for you. Even DIY aficionados are aware of the risks of handling electrical wiring without proper knowledge and training.
The question is, how can we find a reputable electrician? There are many out there, but what are the things we should consider when choosing one? How do we even start?
Word of mouth remains the best way of finding a good tradesman, including an electrician. Approach your friends and relatives and ask for recommendations.
If you can’t get personal referrals, turn to the Internet and read reviews.
After gathering three or four prospects, call them each and ask for quotes so you have a good idea of what your costs will be. Tell them you want details. For example, will they charge a flat rate or an hourly rate? All materials to be used should be included in the quote, alongside their individual costs.
One of the most important questions you should ask a prospective electrician is whether they provide a guarantee for their work. If they do, make sure the guarantee is on paper. Otherwise, look for another electrician. You can’t trust an electrician who can’t trust himself.
A big part of what makes an electrician reliable is experience. Hence, it’s preferable to choose somebody who has been around for some time. There are many new upcoming talents today, but for maximum safety, hire a veteran.
Find an electrician who focuses on the type of work you need. Generalists may be good for small jobs, but for something more extensive, such as wiring up communication equipment, you may need a specialist.
License and Insurance
Before you start considering a specific electrician, know whether he is licensed to work in your jurisdiction. If he says yes, ask him for proof and check if it’s not expired. In the same way, ask for proof of workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Of course, these two should be current as well. No one without a license or insurance is worth considering further.
Unless you started off with personal referral, ask for a few client references from every prospect. This will give you a good picture of the future of your business relationship.
Better Business Bureau
Lastly, approach the Better Business Bureau to know if your prospect has any consumer complaints lodged against him. However, keep an open mind. There are consumers who are just difficult to please. If you indeed find complaints, try to understand the case and the manner in which it was resolved. Then just go with your instincts. If you don’t feel so confident about hiring someone, don’t.